An international group of researchers from Europe, China and Japan, led by Aberystwyth University physicist, Professor Neville Greaves, has discovered a new method of manufacturing glass.
The discovery could lead to the production of ‘designer glasses’ with applications in advanced photonics, while also facilitating industrial scale carbon capture and storage.
The international team of researchers, publishing in the prestigious journal Nature Communications (“Hybrid glasses from strong and fragile metal-organic framework liquids“), report how they have managed to use a relatively new family of sponge-like porous materials to develop completely novel glasses.
By careful processing, these fragile porous materials can be melted before they decompose and burn.
The liquids that are formed on the nanoscale, can be shaped and cast, that could enable substantial solid structures to be fabricated.